When it rains in August I think of London so what better drink for the clime than stout. This week I tried Lighthouse Keeper for the first time and was pleasantly surprised to find a local stout that can compete with best from the other side of the Atlantic.
Lighthouse Brewery describes Keepers as “Irish style black ale brewed to a clean, roasty finish with a smooth and malty character.” I found it to have a strong ‘toasted’ flavour and to be more like a Smithwicks than a Guinness. I can recommend it ‘rain’ or shine.
And did you know that although Ireland is the most famous of the world’s stout-producing and consuming nations, the brew actually originated in London. First called porter, the beverage emerged in the early 1700s and was so named because it was the drink of choice of the porters in London markets.